This is the view you get as you come south into Thrupp. You need to make a choice Left Right or Straight on. There is no left, straight on is a steel reinforced concrete curb over a foot deep, the only real option is to turn right, under the lift bridge. You would be surprised how many people go for the straight on option.I often ask people if they drive their car into concrete blocks. You can believe me when I say their response is “I didn’t know where to go”. My usual reply is, “Well you could stop”, and it is not all hire boaters, owners and sharers hit the end the most often.
This is called the Wide. To do this turn and not look like a nob you need to be in the middle and going slow. (I always think that lots of reverse will show who is not driving his boat properly). Remember the fish you have just past who are not expecting you to come back. There is a water point on your right and another half a mile away if you miss this one.
Don’t leave turning too late especially if there is a wind. What happens is if you leave it late your bow will shave a layer of concrete off the curb. If you leave it far too late you will take a sizable chunk out of the curb. The curb will eventually collapse into the canal and the canal will make its way through Annie’s Tearoom which is about 5 feet below canal level. On a good day you could kill 50-60 people.
There are two reasons why you will hit the curb. You are travelling too fast and you are not driving the boat. Pay attention!
You need to moor to let your crew off to operate the bridge and you moor along the end rather than drive straight at it.
Please come to visit Thrupp it really is a fab place, but if you cant pay attention to what you are doing then stay away. The last thing we need is a high body count!